Originally posted by dj43:
I am glad to hear this. This is a good time to give Smith some time with the first team.
One of the most important things the 49ers need to learn from this season is a final decision on whether or not Smith can be the guy. It has been widely reported that Smith has made good progress under the tutelage of Mike Johnson. If that is the case, then the coaches need to see how that translates into game situations.
It has always been clear that Shaun Hill is a place-holder until a legit NFL QB arrives. To date; Smith has NOT been that guy, but he also has not had either the training or the tools to fully develop what he may have. This is a good time to begin to find out.
If Smith can't get the job done, then one of the #1 pick next year must solve that problem. This team will be lucky to get into the playoffs with Hill, much less get past the first round.
While I agree with you, I think this will be the touhges of Singletary's decisions.
Starting Smith this season is the best move LONG TERM. Either he performs and we find ourselves our franchise QB, or he fails and we can finally move on, maybe drafting a QB on the first round next year.
However, starting Shaun is the best move SHORT TERM. If we're gonna make the playoffs THIS YEAR, Shaun is the guy.
However, he is not a franchise QB.